Dr Rebecca Johinke

PhD (Adel)
Lecturer

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4516

Biographical details

I have very broad-ranging interests in language, literature, rhetoric, film, and popular culture. Having said that, I have two main areas of teaching and research. Firstly, my curiosity about representations of gender and power in contemporary Australian literature and film led to my doctoral project about masculinities and car culture. I maintain an interest in Australian film and popular culture and I continue to research and publish in this area. That research has also morphed into an engagement with representations of cityscapes and street culture more generally and a specific interest the figure of the flâneur. The work of Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Charles Baudelaire and Walter Benjamin is of particular interest in this context. Secondly, I have taught writing for many years and am interested in writing and ethics and the rhetorical context of writing and publishing. Currently, this interest is demonstrated in postgraduate teaching in magazine culture and creative non-fiction. I am happy to supervise Honours or postgraduate students in any of those areas.

As part of my service to the University, I am the Director of Student Support Programs in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Director of the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BAS). In recent years, I have served as the Director of the Bachelor of Arts (BA).

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

In 2013, I am coordinating two postgraduate units of study. The first is a unit of study that I co-coordinate with Dr Fiona Giles from MECO entitled ENGL6984 Creative non-fiction workshop. We invite prominent Australian writers to share their insights about the writing process and in past years guest speakers have included Linda Jaivin, David Marr, James Bradley, Mark Mordue, Rebecca Huntley, Mark Dapin and Mark Tredinnick. In second semester, I look forward to teaching ENGL6970 Magazines and Australian Print Culture again. In 2014, I expect to offer both of those postgraduate units again and one undergraduate senior unit entitled ENGL3615 Street Narratives.

Research Supervision

I am currently supervising (or co-supervising) a number of postgraduate research students. Their projects range from: the films of John Sayles and John Wayne, modernist street photography, women’s crime fiction, cancer narratives, mommy blogs, the novella, and the work of DH Lawrence, Don DeLillo, and Brett Easton Ellis. I welcome enquiries from prospective Honours, Masters, and PhD students.

Current projects

I am currently co-editing (with Dr Rose Williamson from UNE) a special issue of TEXT journal about Australasian magazine culture. I will also contribute two articles to the special edition. This project relates to my interest in Australian writing and popular culture and the rhetorical context of magazine writing. I also have another project in mind that combines my interest in magazines, popular culture, and Leonard Cohen.

I have recently published a book chapter about ‘The Man of the Crowd’ in a collection examining adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s work. I have also reviewed a new book about Poe and that review will soon appear in MLR. This work relates to my interest in street narratives, the flâneur, and film adaptations.

I have recently published two journal articles about Australian film and published a book chapter entitled ‘Welcome to Hell: Nick Cave and Ghosts… of the Civil Dead’ which appears in an edited collection about Nick Cave. These projects build on my continued interest in Australian film and popular culture. I am currently working on another book chapter about Cave, this one for an American collection examining evil in popular music.

As part of my role as Director of Student Support Services, I work with colleagues on a number of projects relating to student support and welfare.

Selected grants

2008

  • Internationalizing Pedagogies of Writing Instruction Through Virtual Exchange; Thomas S, Johinke R; University of Sydney/Teaching Improvement and Equipment Scheme (TIES).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Johinke, R. (2013). Welcome to Hell: Nick Cave and Ghosts..of the Civil Dead. In John H Baker (Eds.), The Art of Nick Cave: New Critical Essays, (pp. 137-154). Bristol, UK: Intellect.
  • Johinke, R. (2012). The Pleasure of Losing One's Way: Adapting Poe's 'The Man of the Crowd'. In Dennis R Perry, Carl H. Sederholm (Eds.), Adapting Poe: Re-Imaginings in Popular Culture, (pp. 119-132). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Johinke, R. (2001). Misogyny, Muscles and Machines: Cars and Masculinity in Australian Literature. In David Callahan (Eds.), Contemporary Issues in Australian Literature, (pp. 95-111). United States: Taylor and Francis.

Journals

  • Le Masurier, M., Johinke, R. (2014). Magazine Studies: Pedagogy and Practice in a Nascent Field. Text: journal of writing and writing courses, Special Issue 25, 1-16.
  • Johinke, R. (2013). Review of Harry Lee Poe, 'Evermore: Edgar Allan Poe and the Mystery of the Universe'. Modern Language Review, 108(3), 958-959. [More Information]
  • Johinke, R. (2010). Not quite Mad Max: Brian Trenchard-Smith's Dead End Drive-In. Studies in Australasian Cinema, 3(3), 309-320.
  • Johinke, R. (2010). Uncanny carnage in Peter Weir's 'The Cars that Ate Paris'. Sydney Studies in English, 36(2010), 108-126.
  • Johinke, R. (2006). Review of Rayner, Jonathan. The Films of Peter Weir (2nd Edition) (New York, London: Continuum, 2003) for Metro Magazine 148 (2006): 205-207. Metro, 148(2006), 205-207.
  • Johinke, R. (2004). Book reviews - Review of Temple, Peter. Black Tide (Melbourne, Text, 2004) for JAS Review of Books online issue 25, July 2004. JAS Review of Books.
  • Johinke, R. (2004). Review of Milner, Lisa. Fighting Films (North Melbourne, Pluto, 2003) for JAS Review of Books, online issue 23, March 2004. JAS Review of Books, (23).
  • Johinke, R. (2003). Cinema of Interruptions: action genres in contemporary Indian cinema: Lalitha Gopalan. Metro, 11, 200-201.
  • Johinke, R. (2003). Idiot Box: Mick Cameron as yobbo flaneur. Journal of Australian Studies, 78, 147-155.
  • Johinke, R. (2003). Traffic, Number One, 2002 (raison d'être: what's your point?). Altitude: A Journal of Emerging Humanities Work, 3(2003).
  • Johinke, R. (2001). Manifestations of Masculinities: Mad Max and the Lure of the Forbidden Zone. Journal of Australian Studies, 67(2001), 118-125.

Edited Journals

  • Williamson, R., Johinke, R. (2014). Australasian Magazines: New Perspectives on Writing and Publishing. Text: journal of writing and writing courses, Special Issue 25.

2014

  • Williamson, R., Johinke, R. (2014). Australasian Magazines: New Perspectives on Writing and Publishing. Text: journal of writing and writing courses, Special Issue 25.
  • Le Masurier, M., Johinke, R. (2014). Magazine Studies: Pedagogy and Practice in a Nascent Field. Text: journal of writing and writing courses, Special Issue 25, 1-16.

2013

  • Johinke, R. (2013). Review of Harry Lee Poe, 'Evermore: Edgar Allan Poe and the Mystery of the Universe'. Modern Language Review, 108(3), 958-959. [More Information]
  • Johinke, R. (2013). Welcome to Hell: Nick Cave and Ghosts..of the Civil Dead. In John H Baker (Eds.), The Art of Nick Cave: New Critical Essays, (pp. 137-154). Bristol, UK: Intellect.

2012

  • Johinke, R. (2012). The Pleasure of Losing One's Way: Adapting Poe's 'The Man of the Crowd'. In Dennis R Perry, Carl H. Sederholm (Eds.), Adapting Poe: Re-Imaginings in Popular Culture, (pp. 119-132). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

2010

  • Johinke, R. (2010). Not quite Mad Max: Brian Trenchard-Smith's Dead End Drive-In. Studies in Australasian Cinema, 3(3), 309-320.
  • Johinke, R. (2010). Uncanny carnage in Peter Weir's 'The Cars that Ate Paris'. Sydney Studies in English, 36(2010), 108-126.

2006

  • Johinke, R. (2006). Review of Rayner, Jonathan. The Films of Peter Weir (2nd Edition) (New York, London: Continuum, 2003) for Metro Magazine 148 (2006): 205-207. Metro, 148(2006), 205-207.

2004

  • Johinke, R. (2004). Book reviews - Review of Temple, Peter. Black Tide (Melbourne, Text, 2004) for JAS Review of Books online issue 25, July 2004. JAS Review of Books.
  • Johinke, R. (2004). Review of Milner, Lisa. Fighting Films (North Melbourne, Pluto, 2003) for JAS Review of Books, online issue 23, March 2004. JAS Review of Books, (23).

2003

  • Johinke, R. (2003). Cinema of Interruptions: action genres in contemporary Indian cinema: Lalitha Gopalan. Metro, 11, 200-201.
  • Johinke, R. (2003). Idiot Box: Mick Cameron as yobbo flaneur. Journal of Australian Studies, 78, 147-155.
  • Johinke, R. (2003). Traffic, Number One, 2002 (raison d'être: what's your point?). Altitude: A Journal of Emerging Humanities Work, 3(2003).

2001

  • Johinke, R. (2001). Manifestations of Masculinities: Mad Max and the Lure of the Forbidden Zone. Journal of Australian Studies, 67(2001), 118-125.
  • Johinke, R. (2001). Misogyny, Muscles and Machines: Cars and Masculinity in Australian Literature. In David Callahan (Eds.), Contemporary Issues in Australian Literature, (pp. 95-111). United States: Taylor and Francis.

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